Srinagar, September 22, 2016 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, five years after the Amnesty International released its historic report on draconian law, Public Safety Act (PSA), nothing seems to have changed in the territory, says an editorial of a local daily. The Srinagar-based English daily, Greater Kashmir, in its lasts editorial said that minors continued to be detained under this lawless law and the authorities continued to use it recklessly to crush dissent.
It said that when a three-member Amnesty International team released the report, the then puppet Chief Minister denied detention of minors under this law. However, the then Indian Home Secretary admitted minors had been detained but blamed the authorities for the serious lapse.
The daily said that the former law minister also left the administration red-faced by admitting his government’s failure by stating that PSA was needed to keep things under control. “This is exactly what the Hurriyet leaders have been saying for long. The High Court has time and again taken serious note of non-application of mind by the authorities while invoking the law. There have been instances when people have been booked under this legislation for criticizing politicians,” it added.
The editorial said it has been observed that the police dossier and the order of detention passed by the authorities are identical which reflects that the detaining authority rarely applies its mind. The High Court of the territory has ridiculed the authorities for this but nothing seems to have moved, it deplored. The editorial said reports received from various parts of occupied Kashmir suggest that hundreds of persons including minors have been detained under the black law during the past two months. The police use this law to keep political and human rights activists behind bars indefinitely, it added.
“The PSA has no provision for maintenance of the family of the detainee. The authorities must shoulder the responsibility of the safety and well being, and also succour of the detainee’s family. The alternative for the authorities lies in limited use of the law,” the editorial concluded.
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